Wakefield Wildcats new boy Justin Poore would play for England if called upon

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats new boy Justin Poore is eligible to play for England - and says he would pull on the white shirt if called upon by national head coach Steve McNamara.

The 27-year-old prop was born in Australia but his dad is English and lives in Southampton, making the State of Origin star available to play for either nation.

The former Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra player is just focused on experiencing Super League with Wakefield over the next two years but would happily play for England if asked, and would dedicate any call-up to his dad.

“I would play for England,” he revealed.

“I think it’d be a bit weird but if you’re eligible then why not? I’d dedicate it to my dad, because to see how proud he was for me to actually come here made me feel good about myself.

“I’d do it, but I basically came here to play good for Wakefield so that stuff I haven’t really thought about.”

Poore has a lot of catching up to do with family following his arrival in the Merrie City at the weekend.

Most of his dad’s side of the family still live in England, with one of his cousins living as close as Leeds.

His wife also spent two years working in London, so Wildcats’ marquee signing should have few problems settling down in his new country.

See this week’s Wakefield Express for more from new Wildcats signing Justin Poore.